Information currency, movement, electricity, time shift

Information currency, movement, electricity, time shift

General Philippines info

facts and figures

  • The Philippines consists of more than 7107 islands
  • The largest islands are Luzon and Mindanao, both in the north and in the south
  • The middle island world is called Visayas, the Visayas include the holiday islands Boracay, Cebu and Bohol
  • The capital of the Philippines is Manila with about 12 million counted inhabitants
  • The population in the whole country is over 100 million.
  • The government form of the Philippines is a pres >currency

Currency is the Philippine peso php. Currently 1 Euro = approx. 60 php

An exchange in the local currency directly after arrival is highly recommended.

time shift

The time difference to Central European Time CET is 6 hours during our summer time, 7 hours during our winter time. The Philippines are always ahead of us in time.

Electricity, WiFi and telephony

Electricity is available in cities and tourist areas 24 hours, in more remote areas only 12 hours daily or via a hotel generator. Power outages “brown outs” must be expected everywhere.

For the mains connection (220V / 60Hz) of European devices is usually (with the exception of larger hotels) an adapter required, but can be purchased from just 1 €.

The Internet connection is similar, on smaller islands or not well-developed areas, the WiFi signal is generally rather poor.

For calling local cheap prepaid SIM cards of the two largest providers SMART and Globe can be bought on site, which are almost at every corner for 100php rechargeable (everywhere where a SMART or Globe flag hanging on the door). You can also buy mobile data and the Internet, you just have to register via SMS.


Short distances

Short distances are laid back in the Philippines cost-effectively in a tricycle, in a kind of tuk-tuk.

Alternatively, you can sit on the back of a scooter like the Filipinos themselves, and drivers are ready at every corner. Filipinos call this type of locomotion “Habal – Habal”.

Of course you can also rent a scooter and drive it around the area.

In the cities, colorful Jeepneys, one of the landmarks of the Philippines and old, American military jeeps, are used as something like buses. You drive a fixed distance and you can get in at the “stops”.

In addition, there are different forms of taxis in cities, regular and which can be called via an app. Very popular are the companies Uber and Grab.

Long distances

For long distances, the cheapest option is to travel over land with a bus. However, it is also the most time-consuming option.

In addition, a van can be rented with a driver, often these are already available in tourist centers at the port and airport. Who wants to go alone in the van pays for a transfer, of course, more than if he is shared with other travelers.

Numerous ferry connections exist between individual islands. However, some ferries are in bad condition, so you should go to renowned, large ferry companies, for example. ToGo, Oceanjet or Supercat.

In addition, ferry schedules sometimes need to be explored on-site simply because they are constantly changing.

A major means of transportation is the airplane because of its nature as an island state. The largest Philippine airlines with the most connections are

  • Air Asia (Zest Airways)
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Philippine Airlines


Gratuities are not an obligation in the Philippines or are generally expected. In some restaurants, a service charge charge is already shown on the bill. Of course, small amounts are still welcome and with minimum wages of 400 php a day (= 6 Euro / day), the recipients are happy about it.

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